'Real change': Karachites reject MQM strike

Dawood Rehman 06:24 PM | 8 Jun, 2016
'Real change': Karachites reject MQM strike

KARACHI (Staff Report) - The people of Karachi have rejected the MQM's strike call as the metropolis remained open and public transport plied as per routine on Wednesday.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement had given a shutdown call to protest a Rangers siege at Farooq Sattar’s house on Tuesday night.

Also read: DG Rangers urges Karachites to continue routine activities despite MQM protest

Markets and shops remained open in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jamshed Town and Saddar areas. Petrol pumps and all the leading roads were open for the public while no untoward incident was reported.

In a statement released by MQM’s Rabita Committee earlier on Tuesday, traders were requested to keep their business closed and transporters were asked to keep public buses off streets, in a bid to show solidarity with the political party.

Meanwhile, DG Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar warned that any attempt to disturb normal life in Karachi would not be tolerated.

In a statement, the DG assured to provide full protection to the people, and urged the general public to continue routine activities without fear.

The traumatized MQM, on the other hand, blamed the paramilitary force for stopping people in ‘peaceful strike', saying that protesting peacefully was a legal and constitutional right of every political party.

"To hold peaceful protests is the constitutional, legal and human right of every political party," said a statement issued by MQM Coordination Committee on Wednesday.

"MQM exercised its democratic right by appealing for a peaceful strike against Rangers' illegal and inhumane practices," it said.

"The statement of DG Rangers against MQM's appeal for a peaceful strike is condemnable," it added.

However, the DG Rangers had earlier clarified that the paramilitary force did not raid the house of MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar. However, he said it did carry out a search operation for criminals near the MQM stalwart's residence.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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